Meet Our Veterinarians
The owner of the Little Apple Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Elizabeth Lindquist received her D.V.M. from Kansas State University in 1988. After working in Topeka for two years, and Great Bend for eight years, Dr. Lindquist purchased the Little Apple Veterinary Clinic in June of 1999. In October 2005, the Little Apple Veterinary Hospital on Seth Child Rd. was completed to better serve the expanding clientele. Dr. Lindquist’s husband, Tom, also works at the LAVH and helps manage the practice. Tom and Elizabeth grew up in Northeast Kansas on farms, about 45 miles north of Manhattan, Tom near Waterville and Elizabeth near Blue Rapids. Their family including two dogs, one cats, one cockatiel, one cockatoo, two African Grey parrots, two tortoises, two geckos, & their three children, Marissa, Codey, and Ethan .
Dr. Richard Kitterman
Dr. Kitterman was born and raised in Manhattan, KS. He graduated Kansas State University in Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and moved to Richmond, VA where he owned his own practice for 29 years. He is now back in his beautiful hometown. He enjoys staying busy on his farm working on various projects including the bee farm. He is the proud owner of 3 dachshunds, 3 cats, 3 water turtles and 2 birds.
Dr. Hinkle grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska until he came to Manhattan for undergrad and veterinary school. He graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021 and began working at Little Apple Veterinary Hospital. His wife, Daria, is finishing up veterinary school at Kansas State. They have one dog, a crazy lab named Maya, who was adopted from Topeka Helping Hands Humane Society. They enjoy finding new hiking areas around Manhattan and going for runs as a family.
Dr. Deborah Lanzi was born and raised in Maryland, where she grew up competing in equestrian events and track and field. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a double major in Integrative Physiology and Environmental Biology in 2004. After working in the human health and fitness industry for a number of years, she switched to animals and completed a dual degree at Colorado State University, earning her Masters of Business Administration (2014) and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (2017). Dr. Lanzi was in a small animal practice in Colorado for almost 4 years, and recently made the move to Kansas for her fiance’s work with the USDA at NBAF. Her focus is to provide quality care, and help pet owners understand the specific needs of their pets through various life stages and medical conditions. Preventative care is a cornerstone of veterinary healthcare, and knowledge can help empower people to make the best decisions on behalf of their pets. She has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, clinical pathology, and developing her skill in ultrasonography and additional surgical procedures.
On Dr. Lanzi’s days off, you will find her spending time with her 2 cats, 2 horses, and her fiance, Steven.
I am originally from Gainesville, Florida where I grew up riding horses and helping every stray animal that I could. I have always wanted to become a veterinarian to advocate for animals that could not advocate for themselves. My favorite part of practicing veterinary medicine is building relationships with families through the wellbeing and health of their pet family.
I graduated Cum Laude from College of Charleston in 2017 with a degree in Biology. From there I was accepted to Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where I graduated in 2021. I am moving to Manhattan with my boyfriend who is a lieutenant at Fort Riley. We are the proud parents of two dogs, Blue and Annie, and two cats, Pluff and Cowboy. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, baking bread (a new quarantine hobby) and spending time outdoors.
I am very excited to join the Little Apple Veterinary Hospital team! I promise to always do my best to keep your pets happy and healthy. Just like most general practitioners, I have a well-rounded knowledge base. However, my special interests include soft tissue surgery, feline medicine and integrative medicine. I am a fear free certified veterinarian, meaning that I have sought out extra training to reduce fear, anxiety and stress in pets. The tools this program has taught me allows your pet to have the most pleasant experience possible at the veterinary hospital. I look forward to meeting you and caring for your wonderful pets!